Solo canoe for fishing -replace ot Pack
Posted by: old_user on Apr-11-13 9:29 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I currently have an old town pack, but at 12 feet, it is too small for my use, which is fishing small lakes and rivers. The pack also seems slow to me.
I'd like to find a larger, faster canoe, maybe one that could serve as a light duty tandem as well.
I am 6'tall and weigh 300lbs.
I'd rather not have royalex and I prefer to use a kayak paddle.
There seem to be a number of boats that might fit my needs, and I was considering specifically the Wenonah prism, solo plus, or escapade, but I'm not in any way stuck on those boats.
Really, I want opinions about those boats, and any others that might fit my needs. In reading some of the discussions on this and other fora, I've seen some contradictory opinions, especially about the stability of these choices, so any first-hand anecdotes would be particularly appreciated.
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Posted by: beachcamper on Apr-12-13 8:00 AM (EST)
I fish out of a Hemlock Kestrel but would not recommend it for someone your size. Are you thinking of also using it to stand up fish? I had seen a solo plus custom ordered with just a center seat and rigged for fishing. That looked like a nice fishing platform for a larger person.
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Posted by: duckhunter on Apr-12-13 8:15 AM (EST)
I use a Wenonah Prism for fishing. It is comfortable for me (200 lbs.) and a real nice canoe for cruising. The boat is very stable but one should fish from a sitting position. I fly fish from mine.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-12-13 7:13 PM (EST)
That's why I was giving consideration to the Escapade. It's identified as a tandem by Wenonah, which leads me to speculate that it might be more satisfactory as a dual purpose boat than the Solo Plus, although I realize that neither will be nearly as satisfactory as separate tandem and solo boats.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-12-13 8:25 AM (EST)
at its maximum capacity per Archimedes. It would be fast but much harder to turn. And with an empty boat and you sitting up higher you may find it unstable.
Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-13-13 6:01 AM (EST)
makes a couple of small tandems that might work for you. Look at their Coho and Souhegan models. They are composite boats, not Royalex. The construction is solid, but not elegant. They are not expensive.
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Posted by: bigspencer on Apr-14-13 10:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: c2g on Apr-15-13 8:17 PM (EST)
I've spent a fair bit of time in a Prism. I think it would work just fine for you.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-21-13 7:28 PM (EST)
Well, if you want to abandon the ultimate solo fishing machine...maybe move to a vagabond? The Pack is a very forgiving fishing canoe...but with width and stability you do sacrifice a bit of speed. Sounds like you're willing to give up a bit of stability for an increase in speed. A lot of people feel they need to move away from their Pack after hearing all the bashing of it...I would encourage the testing of other solos but don't sell your Pack...you'll always yearn for that 12 feet of perfection!
Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Apr-24-13 10:23 PM (EST)
That's your best bet, Robert - especially if you insist on using a kayak paddle when solo.
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-24-13 10:54 PM (EST)
OK; big guy, double paddle, not performance oriented, wants to fish.